We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Shahid Ali

Shahid Ali

IT Systems Integration Specialist


What degrees do you hold?

Masters in Computer Science – Marshall University
Bachelors in Information Technology – University of Pune (India)

Describe your role in MUIT in 10 words for less:

ERP focused responsibilities and develop programmatic solutions to complex enterprise problems.

Favorite thing about working in IT or at MU:

Autonomy – I’m allowed to be Innovative.
Collaboration & Culture – Everyone in Marshall shares the same vision, work for the betterment of our organization and the community.

Favorite Restaurant in Huntington/Charleston area:

Laury’s Restaurant in Charleston.

Favorite Vacay Spot:

California Bay Area.

Who inspires you?:

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― Augustine of Hippo. This quote reflects my ideology. Travelling is one of my parallel inclinations. I feel there is so much to absorb from the world, and every new destination makes us wiser and more experienced than before.

Currently Watching/Binging:

Seal Team, Altered Carbon and Boss Baby Series

Something you can’t live without?:

Family – My family, is, was and, always will be my strength
Professionalism – In order to compete and keep up the pace with the competitive world, it is equally important to embrace your inner self

Most adventurous thing you’ve done?:

An aerobatic thrill ride in the World War II Stearman Biplane.

Coolest thing you’re currently working on?:

AR SDK for developing iOS App.

Hobbies/Pastimes:

Playing guitar and reading books.

Additional Interests:

I volunteer with Marshall Artists Series to work at Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.

 


We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Azyn Chahryar

Azyn Chahryar

Office Administrator


What degrees do you hold?

BBA – Management Information Systems – Marshall University

Describe your role in MUIT in 10 words for less:

Lots of paperwork, plan IT events, graphic design, and photography

Favorite thing about working in IT or at MU:

The people are awesome! I’ve made some great friends working here. I also love working on campus! It is so lively

all of the time and there’s always something going on. So fun!

Favorite Restaurant in Huntington/Charleston area:

Laury’s is my family’s restaurant in Charleston, so I may be partial to it BUT it’s delicious! & Christopher’s Eats! They have the most amazing brunch.

Favorite Vacay Spot:

I like literally any beach. If I am by a body of water, especially the ocean, I am in my happy place. However, Hawaii has been my favorite vacation I’ve ever been on. It is so beautiful there with so much to do!

Who inspires you?:

My whole family. I am an only child and a first-gen American, so my family, our traditions, and how hard they worked for us mean everything to me. I aspire to be as successful in my relationships, career, and personal life as they all are.

Currently Watching/Binging:

Some recent shows I’ve been hooked on are The Good Place, Black Mirror, and Impractical Jokers. However, I will never turn down some reruns of Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, or Friends.

Best concert you’ve ever attended?:

Oh man, this is a hard one. I have been to so many amazing shows! I would have to say Dolly Parton at the Grand Ole Opry. Or Sam Hunt!

Something you can’t live without?:

My friends! We always joke that we all have FOMO (fear of missing out) because we hate to spend a single day apart.

Most adventurous thing you’ve done?:

Very recently, my friends convinced me to go white-water rafting. That was very scary to me, until I stepped on the boat. It turned out to be amazing and I can’t wait to go again!

Coolest thing you’re currently working on?:

Building an app. My best friend and I came up with a great idea for one, and we are currently in our planning stages.

Hobbies/Pastimes:

I love playing the piano, taking my kayak out on the lake, and traveling the state’s best spots!

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/achahryar/

 


We Are…IT! Feature Friday – Eric Himes

Eric Himes

Director, Digital Media Services


What degrees do you hold?
BA – Journalism and Mass Communications

How would you describe your role in MUIT in 10 words?
If digital media is involved, I’m somehow involved.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT?
The variety of projects I am involved with

What is your favorite restaurant in Huntington/Charleston Area?
All of them – except Jim’s

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
It’s about the adventure, not the location

What are you currently binging/watching?
Homeland, Shades of Blue

Best concert you’ve ever attended?
My daughter’s honor’s band concert

Something you can’t live without?
My wife

Most adventurous thing you’ve done?
Pack the car for a three week cross country trip with out any reservations. There is always an adventure in any trip.

Hobbies/Pastimes:
Cooking and Traveling

How should one get ahold of you?
himes1@marshall.edu